IDENTIFIED flaws in the way crime statistics in Victoria are prepared and publicly released remain unaddressed more than a year after the release of a highly critical report which prompted Simon Overland to resign as police chief commissioner.


George Brouwer

In a June 2011 report, Ombudsman George Brouwer found crime statistics released by Mr Overland on the eve of the last state election were based on selective, incomplete and yet-to-be validated data.

The report also found the statistics were misleading and likely to be used in a political context.

Mr Brouwer's key recommendation, one originally made two years earlier and supported by police command, was for the establishment of an independent body to manage, collate and disseminate crime statistics.

In the Ombudsman's annual report tabled in state parliament this morning, Mr Brouwer notes that "I am still awaiting" the government's response to his recommendation.
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